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Shipowick-Smith Counseling and Positive Living Center is an interactive, solution-focused therapy and treatment practice. The focus of our therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. We integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach, individualized and tailored to each client's needs. With compassion and understanding, Wayne, Pam, Jesi, Maribeth and Leianne work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.



Wayne Hersel, CDP

Wayne Hersel is a Chemical Dependency Professional specializing in working with youth and teens. Wayne earned his AA degree and CDP certification at Wenatchee Valley College and has been working in the local community for over 10 years. In addition to serving patients in our office, Wayne has served as an in-patient counselor and currently works with the North Central Washington Education Services District, helping students
in North Central Washington. He implements the “Why Try” program with youth as they journey from often-troubled backgrounds into solid foundations for the future. “Why Try” emphasizes the importance of education for young people as they overcome struggles with alcohol and drugs or issues in the juvenile justice system. Wayne also has expertise in conflict resolution and mediation and uses his professional skills to facilitate groups offered by Shipowick-Smith Counseling for both adults and teens. 

  Pam Alworth, MS; LMFT

 Pam is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Master of Science degree from Seattle     Pacific University. She works primarily with individuals, couples and families in a therapeutic/clinical    setting, addressing a wide range of personal and relationship issues   including: depression,anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, family/relationship conflicts, self-esteem and life transitions. Pam believes that life experience and relationships shape how   one perceives the world and one’s self. Because of this, people become stuck in patterns   that can bind them in unhealthy/dysfunctional ways. Through personal awareness and exploration Pam believes people can heal and transform their lives. Using a client-centered  treatment approach, Pam specializes in providing therapy for couples and families by assisting  in navigating their way toward healthy communication and relationship building. Pam also facilitates a couples class designed to strengthen relationships based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work”.


 Jesi Lingo, M.Ed.; LMHC; CDP

 Jesi has a comprehensive background in mental health and behavioral counseling, particularly in school   settings. With over seven years of experience working in local school districts, and most recently as a   middle  school counselor, Jesi strives to help her clients achieve personal/social development throughout   their lives. When children are faced with complex or difficult issues, their lack of experience and coping skills   can make these issues extremely difficult to overcome. Jesi has extensive experience in working with   children and young adults as they face behavioral, personal and social issues. She helps people of all ages   address problems with behavior, substance abuse, eating disorders, personal struggles and social   challenges. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she believes that a combination of empowerment   and self-motivation is key to overcoming any obstacles someone might encounter in his/her life. She leads   our groups on various Women’s Issues including Stress Eating, Self Image and Self-Harm. In addition to her   professional work experience, Jesi spent a year volunteering in the Peace Corps in West Africa as an English Teacher and Women’s Basketball Coach. She is affiliated with The Washington School Counselor Association, American School Counselor Association, and the American Counseling Association.

Hands holding plant Leianne Trefry, LMHC

 Leianne is a National Board-Certified Counselor who has had the honor to work with many diverse   individuals ranging from incarcerated adolescents to those who suffer with chronic mental illness such as   schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar disorders.  With over 10 years of experience working with   children and adolescents in a behavioral health setting, she is an advocate of self-care, empowerment and   nurturing the family as a whole.  Leianne enjoys focusing on the strengths of the individual to encourage   change and has worked with many who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, self-harm and   chemical dependency.  Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she is a certified Child Mental Health   Specialist and is a dual-diagnosis clinician working with those who may struggle with substance   use.  Implementing a practice that includes mindfulness techniques, Leianne is passionate and enjoys   working with those who want to build a life worth living. 






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